Vis is a picturesque island south west of Hvar, about two and a half hours by Ferry from Split Croatia. The island is notable for its bright blue waters, amazing wines and fantastic marvels to explore: The Blue Cave, Blue Lagoon, military caves, the Green Cave, Stiniva Bay, amazing beaches and charming towns.
After enjoying some tasty wines at the Komiža wine tasting event my boyfriend and I decided to rent a scooter and explore some of the Vis wineries and a beach for a swim. We rented a scooter from the Rent a Car/ Rent a Scooter shop across from Cukar bakery and the Komiža market. We chose the three-hour rental, there was also a six-hour option, but we didn’t want to leave Onawa my dog in the apartment alone for that long.
With a map of the island and a couple spots marked off by the rental company we filled the scooter hold with water and rode on to Tito’s Caves, about a twenty-minute ride from Komiža. The caves were used for protecting Yugoslavia from the Germans during WWII. The walk to the cave from the parking area is 250 steps, but it feels much more than that due to the heat and lack of tree coverage. Once we made it up to the top the breeze whirled into the cave to cool us off. There are some trails near the highest cave which lead to other areas of the island including Hum and the town of Vis. It would be fun to hike, but real shoes and lots of water would be needed; the trails are rough and that sun is hot.
We drove on to Plisko Polje for wine tasting at Roki’s Wine Cellar. Roki’s is the oldest private winery on island Vis. They have a charming restaurant with lovely atmosphere outside and a rustic stone cellar where the wines are displayed for tasting. We tried some white wines in their cellar while our host told us about the family’s two-hundred-year tradition of their wines.
After walking around the winery, we got back on the scooter and drove to Silver beach. We turned off the main road then saw a store at the intersection that sells olive oil, seasoned olive oil, wine, lavender products and cute things including motar which is a succulent that’s similar in flavor to capers, but more subtitle. Motar is also called rock sapphire, it grows in rocky shores of this region and is used as a condiment. They also sell a fig cake which is famous in the region.
We followed signs for the U. Srebrena (Silver Beach). There was plenty of parking and only a ten-minute walk down a pine tree shaded trail which leads to a bright white pebble beach. On the walk down to the beach there is a cut off where the other side leads to Diamond Beach which has a restaurant and a nude beach.
After a refreshing swim we continued onward to charming town of Vis. The views on our way back up to the main road were fantastic! We could see the Blue Lagoon in the distance. In Vis we filled the tank and drove the ten kilometers back to Komiža. The overlook above the town was amazing.
Rent the Scooter for six hours so that there is enough tile to see the military ruins, more wineries and Milna which offers views of the small islands and U Stončica beach. Also, it would be nice to have time to explore the town of Vis and go back to Komiža the longer way on the other side to see the Queens Cave which is between Vis and Komiža.
Bring lots of water because I didn’t see any stores along the road to get water from. I’m sure there are, but that’s one more thing to have to look for.
Wineries to visit while on Vis:
Stontica 21, Vis
24 Croatia, D117 3, 21480, Plisko Polje
šćulino 6, 21480, Dračevo Polje
Fields of Grace Vinyards